Losing Your Home? Relax, you may be able to share it with other homeless people…
Don’t worry if you lose your home or your hotel business. The federal government plans to spend $1 billion buying up properties forced into sale because of anti-Covid measures, and will use them for housing the newly homeless (Nat. Post 22 Sept. 2020)
“What can we do to stop this voluntary suicide of western civilisation?” asked Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Levitt of Stanford University at the end of August 2020.
Anti-Covid measures had pushed 22 million out of jobs in developed countries by the end of 2020, according to the OECD (National Post, 8 July 2021). In Canada, we really haven’t a clue about unemployment. With anti-Covid measures in place, StatCan reduced its survey sample size to a such a small size as to make the data no longer reliable. (Nat . Post, 14 July 2021). Morgan Stanley economists noted a plunge in global births and predicted 70% of the world’s population will be soon be below replacement rate. (Nat Post 17 July 2021)
Insanely, the government does nothing as “Burned-out nurses are leaving in droves” as a Globe and Mail 17 July 2021 headline screamed. Covid cases? No. James Wood of Alberta Health said staffing challenges are not new and are common during the summer. The head of the RN’s Assoc. of Ontario said the government should improve working conditions. With all the money doled out for lockdown subsidies, it does not seem to occur to the government that salary raises and shorter shifts might be a better idea.
The governments continue to push the new vaccines, baldly lying to people about the possible adverse effects, including the possible contribution to more virulent strains. Despite the WHO’s revised statements NOT recommending the vaccines for those under 18 and NOT recommending reliance high cT PCR tests with no clinical confirmation, the Ontario government bribes kids with ice cream and sounds the siren on cases. Businesses, who get their censored and sensational information from mainstream media, decided to practice medicine without a license and to bring in mandatory vaccination. Premier Ford was thrilled (as were the drug companies) and helped them by mandating vaccines for any non-essential social activity. There is more on vaccines here.
Flattened Curves Tend to Bulge in 2020….
As experts warned, all cancers and infections postponed by mandatory measures coincided with the usual crush of flu and pneumonia cases arriving at hospitals in late 2020, which were half-empty during summer of 2020. So, of course, to punish workers and small businesses for his government’s own poor judgement, Ontario Premier Ford & his benighted medical officers started a new lockdown for the Christmas shopping season, designed to destroy all small retail shops.
Numerous experts advised that policy NOT be determined by PCR tests AND the crush in hospitals could have easily been averted if field hospitals were built during the 2020 summer and if money wasted on silly signs and subsidies for lockdowns had been directed to medical staff. Professor John Lee of the UK said they were able to set up nightingale (field) hospitals very quickly. Within four weeks there were thousands of extra beds. He added that it is perfectly possible for governments to do this and that there is simply no excuse for imprisoning the population. There was some question whether Canadian hospitals are overrun. MPP Roman Baber asked about ICUs being well-below capacity and about lay-offs of nurses…and did not get an answer.
Meanwhile, on CBC’s White Coat show, it was said that more seniors in nursing homes are dying because of confinement and lack of visitors than are dying of Covid-19.
In Ontario, Roman Baber and Randy Hillier were kicked out of the Conservative party for being against lockdowns and other anti-Covid measures. MPP Rick Nicholls was kicked out for refusing vaccination, possibly the first time in history someone’s in political trouble for refusing a sketchy medical treatment.
Canadians Lose All Their Rights
Limits to gathering for protest or for worship outdoors clearly amounted to a breach of Charter Rights that is not “demonstrably justifiable” given the insignificant risk of transmission outdoors. Still. the Superior Court of Justice declined to consider or to address the Charter issues in Roman Baber & Lift The Lockdown v. Attorney General of Ontario
Rights Require Courts, So Let’s Close Them
“Courts across Canada restrict access or suspend operations due to COVID-19” as reported 16 March 2020 in Canadian Lawyer.
The Great Protest
On March 20, July 24, and August 26, 2021 worldwide protests were held. The streets were teeming, especially in Berlin, but mainstream media refused to cover it.
In St. Petersburg, Russia, shops and restaurants are open, families got together for Christmas, and seniors are not prisoners in their retirement homes. TheLineCanada.com
Into Early 2021 with More Bankruptcy and Despair
Air Canada laid off half its staff, 20,000 people. A family was thrown off a WestJet flight for failing to get their small children to wear masks. Westjet cut 3,300 jobs permanently and discontinued routes to many Maritime cities, where quarantine regulations ensure no one wants to go. In early 2021 Air Canada cancelled all flights to the Caribbean & Mexico and laid off another 1,500.
Cirque du Soleil & J.C. Penney & Reitman’s, Brooks Bros., J. Crew, Ann Taylor, Neiman Marcus, Hertz have all declared bankruptcy, along with two U.S. real estate companies, PREIT and CBL with 87 million square feet of mainly retail space.
In a fever of dementia praecox our Toronto dictators ruled for face masks in all indoor public spaces, guaranteeing the bankruptcy of all theatres, galleries, museums and many, many shops. In October, 2020, Ontario, copying Quebec, once again closed all indoor restaurants & theatres, throwing 33,000 out of work in Toronto alone. Quebeckers were also told not to have guests in their homes. Children could not shout “trick or treat”, nor could they eat their candy for 24 hours. Later Quebec brought in curfews.
Three quarters of commercial establishments in mid Toronto, including small stores, fitness centres, a private club, library, restaurants were closed
According to a recent poll, 2/3 of people are not comfortable visiting shops, an indication of how utterly ignorant they are of the true risk.
In Canada, unemployment, adding back those who stopped looking for work, had already reached 18% by the end of April 2020 and 1/3 of the work force was either idle or on reduced hours. Many self-employed workers & sole proprietors are shut out of COVID-19 relief. Some jobs have returned with the end of lockdown, but they are dependent on huge wage subsidies.
On 4 June, 2020 another Post article said there could be 2,100 additional suicides this year and the next based on historic correlation with unemployment rates. In a California town, they had a year’s worth of suicide attempts in only four weeks.
Government’s Mental Disintegration & Fiscal Collapse
“The Trudeau Liberals’ fall 2020 economic statement stumbles through 200-plus pages of verbal political unreadable claptrap about building back better COVID-19 resilient green gender prudent fiscal stimulus affordable jump- started racial equality childcare climate solutions and employee stock option decisive dynamic Indigenous inclusive net-zero cross- border digital tax cut increases.” Terence Corcoran, National Post 2 December 2020
The rosy predictions are for a doubling of federal debt to $1.4 trillion by 2025 and a continuing decline in the GDP for the next five years.
“[The report’s] metaphorical incoherence is no sideshow. It reflects the core mental disintegration in which words, no longer intended to point to reality, cease to point to anything at all. — John Robson, “A Government Divorced from Reality”, National Post 2 Dec 2020
Governments are spending money they do not have. Central banks are printing money. “For years, Canadian oil kept the economy afloat. Now that is changing.” With current account deficits and massive government deficits with anti-Covid measures, “This is not a very sustainable situation.” said former BofC governor David Dodge. (Nat. Post 10 Oct. 2020) The federal government’s deficit is now equal to its entire gross spending in the previous year.
No problem! We just print it!!
If you <—- have one of these, save it,
in case Modern Monetary Theory doesn’t work……….
A National Post feature “The Unlucky Generation” described the hopeless situation for those who have just graduated. In the US, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago estimates the “U-Cov” unemployment rate (which includes those on unpaid leave and those otherwise uncounted who want to work) is headed toward 25% to 35%.
Spring & Summer 2020
One third of US small businesses have stopped operation and another 11% expect to fail in the next few months. “I’m watching everything we worked for flushed down the toilet.” – a small business owner in Time Magazine, 18 May 2020.
In the USA, more than 40 million people lost their jobs in March, April, or May of 2020. Fed Chair Jerome Powell foresees an “extended period” where it is going to be “difficult for people to find work.”
A January 2021 Cdn. Fed. of Independent Businesses survey reported that 200,000 Canadian businesses did not expect to survive the anti-Covid measures. In April 2021 they wrote: Small businesses have continued to shoulder a massive, unfair and disproportionate burden of restrictions throughout the pandemic. They are at the end of their rope. Extended restrictions will be the final step to financial ruin for many small businesses. CFIB
Both Fitch’s and Moody’s have downgraded Canada’s credit rating because of CERB (Canadian Emergency Relief) and other government payouts. Eight million Canadians depend on CERB and another two million on wage subsidies. It will now be extended. (Konrad Yakabuski, G&M 13 June 2020)
The Canadian federal & provincial debt is headed to 100% of GDP. The Conference Board says finance officials need major course corrections in fiscal plans to avoid catastrophe down the road. Nat Post 19 Feb 2021
An essay in The Atlantic described the US as being on the edge of an economic cliff. Economists expect that 42 percent of people recently let go will not return to their former employers. Already, an estimated 100,000 small companies have shut permanently.
“How did a temporary plan to preserve hospital capacity turn into two-to-three months of near-universal house arrest that ended up causing worker furloughs at 256 hospitals, a stoppage of international travel, a 40% job loss among people earning less than $40K per year, devastation of every economic sector, mass confusion and demoralization, a complete ignoring of all fundamental rights and liberties, not to mention the mass confiscation of private property with forced closures of millions of businesses? “ asks the American Institute for Economic Research. “The downturn has fallen most heavily on those least able to cope.’ – US Fed. Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. The IMF sees “profound uncertainty” about the path of recovery in the global economy.
“Lack of normality is a terrible risk. We’ve torn the fabric of society and I would not be surprised if the risk of tearing society apart constitutes a 10 times higher excess death risk.” If we look at the statistics on alcohol consumption over the past month and we could easily see excess deaths.” -Professor Michael Levitt, Stanford
Remember, all this mayhem and destruction of people’s lives is for a virus has a fatality rate of ~ ½ of one percent. The risk for healthy people under 65 is almost comparable to the flu, and it kills far fewer children than seasonal flu. The vast majority of deaths are among those at the end of their lives, and there is growing evidence that as many as 80% of people are not susceptible.
By June 11, 2020 Canada had 7,994 Covid-19 deaths, 81% linked to long-term care facilities. Of the remaining 1,519 deaths, most were people over the age of 70. Only 3% were under 60, and these had pre-existing conditions.
By July 2021, there were about 26,000 Covid deaths, approximately 84% of them over the age of 70.
In a year Canada would normally see ≅ 340,000 deaths (500,000 in a more comparable period of 18 months), about 10% or so from respiratory disease.
Does this sound like something we should be destroying the country for? Or put healthy people in masks for?
In an open letter to the Prime Minister, the Macdonald Laurier Institute says:
‘Lockdown did contribute to flattening the curve, but the measures employed were disproportionate to the objective. As for the economic cost, it has been nothing less than the deepest and most rapid loss of jobs, savings and income in the history of Canada. The rationale for the lockdown seems to have morphed subtly from managing the outbreak by “flattening the curve” to preventing the illness from infecting Canadians in the first place, pushing the timeline for a return to some economic activity into the summer and a return to “normal” a year or more into the distance when a vaccine is available. It’s an impossible goal that is being pursued at an almost incalculably large cost to the well-being of Canadians in exchange for a largely illusory benefit. The path forward does not lie in politicians deferring to experts.”
Read that last sentence again.
Some of the most vociferous advocates for lockdown are MDs. These professionals will not lose their jobs (see in above chart how job losses are concentrated in low paying ones). They are the same ones who often advocate extreme cancer treatment they themselves would refuse, and who have no idea how many deaths an economic collapse will cause. When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail. More MDs are rejecting the hysteria, but they worry about censorship.
Randall Denley commented in the 29 May 2020 National Post on the lack of accountability of local medical officers of health who have a one dimensional view. If people lose their jobs and businesses fail because of lockdowns, masks and social distancing that’s really not their problem.
Why are they still advocating destructive measures? Because they are lazy and cannot be bothered to research other opinions?
Dr. Richard Schabas, Ontario’s chief medical officer of health for 10 years, and also chief of staff at York Central Hospital during the SARS crisis in 2003 said in YouTube interview: “Governments are caught in a high stakes poker game where they can’t fold, and when somebody else raises the ante they just have to match that. I think we have over-reacted. I am just not sure what we’re going to accomplish through this flattening the curve. This strategy, and there are beautiful graphs on it, is based on very weak evidence these measures are effective. The virus is not going anywhere. So when does this all end?” “Is Covid-19 serious? Certainly for people who can’t add.”
Joseph Sternberg wrote in the April 23rd, 2020 Wall Street Journal: “We can’t stop the virus, we can only slow it. This is the biggest fact about the pandemic that remains politically impossible to say.”
Recent evidence indicates people can be re-infected. A consensus is forming among top researchers and governments worldwide that the virus is unlikely to be eliminated. As our politicians refuse to tell people the truth, one has to wonder what will happen to these timorous masked people. Will they wear masks for the rest of their lives? Will they wake one day and say, “Enough of this?”
References & More Sites:
The Protest of 20 March 2021
The https://odysee.com/ site has other interesting material.
The Pushback | Oracle Films | The Day the World Stood Together #DareToThink (odysee.com)
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business –more press releases
Media Centre | CFIB (cfib-fcei.ca)
On Lockdown vs. Herd Immunity
Joseph Sternberg on lockdown or herd immunity,
Covid-19 Here To Stay
This is very likely to be an epidemic that co-exists with humans for a long time, becomes seasonal and is sustained within human bodies,” said Jin Qi, director of the Institute of Pathogen Biology at China’s top medial research institute, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.
Professor Michael Levitt, 28 August 2020
Richard Schabas interviews
Let’s not make our attempted cures worse than the disease.
AIER, Lockdown’s Flimsy Science
Macdonald-Laurier Institute Lockdown’s Largely Illusory Benefit
https://www.macdonaldlaurier.ca/beyond-lockdown-canadians-can-have-both-health-and-prosperity-an-open-letter-to-the-prime-minister/ ‘The rationale for the lockdown seems to have morphed subtly from managing the outbreak by “flattening the curve” to preventing the illness from infecting Canadians at all… an impossible goal.’
Note: the CDC has quietly upped its numbers since this was written. Although why? It was not an update because they used a paper that was dated 3 May, a month before the original CDC report.
The Atlantic: The Second Great Depression 23 June 2020
(There may be a better link than Medium.)
Why We are in a Depression David Rosenberg
Eighty-five % said they’d not travel on an airplane now & only a third were comfortable in shops. They fondly think the virus can be contained…..
The Conference Board of Canada https://www.conferenceboard.ca/e-library/abstract.aspx?did=10974
https://abc7news.com/suicide-covid-19-coronavirus-rates-during-pandemic-death-by/6201962/ 21 May 2020